Students across Denton County will soon begin their coursework for the 2019-20 school year, if they haven’t already.

For parents, that could mean selecting the final pieces of back-to-school supplies; for students, a return to a structured order often unfelt during summer recess.

Many educators across the county have already been back at work to prepare for the new year.

Even for those not directly affected by the approaching school year, big changes will start creeping back as school buses kick into high gear. School zones will take effect.

The Texas Department of Transportation recently urged people to avoid using handheld electronic devices while in active school zones, and reminded people that traffic fines usually double in those areas.

While it’s easy to forget, Denton police spokeswoman Khristen Jones said drivers should stay vigilant and aware of their surroundings when near schools.

“We will have increased patrols in school zones [Wednesday],” Jones said.

She also said drivers should remember not to pass school buses from either direction while the bus’ stop signs are enabled.

While two school districts — Denton and Sanger — had some students start a day earlier, most districts in the area will start classes Wednesday morning.

All enrolled students in Denton, Krum, Aubrey, Ponder and Sanger ISDs will start class on Wednesday. Lake Dallas ISD opens for the school year on Thursday. Argyle and Pilot Point schools don’t start until Monday.

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

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